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Registration of Hairdressing, Tattooing, Acupuncture, Cosmetic Piercing, Electrolysis and Semi Permanent Skin Colouring

Hairdresser cutting hair

Under Leicester City Council bylaws anyone already carrying out or intending to start providing the above special treatments must register themselves and the premises where the treatment(s) is taking place with Leicester City Council.


Businesses required to register include tattooing and piercing studios, beauty salons, barber shops, chemists and jewellers offering ear piercing, mobile hairdressers, therapists/artists working from home, etc.


How to register

Registration Fees

Failure to register

What happens next?

Leicester City Council bylaws



How to Register 

Click on the links at the bottom of the page to download a registration form, a copy of the relevant bylaws and associated health and safety guidance. Alternatively contact Leicester City Council's Public Safety Team for the documents to be sent via post or email.  


The registration form must be returned to the Public Safety Team with the correct fee attached (either cheque or postal order only). The bylaws require that a copy of the documents be kept within the trading premises at all times.


Upon receipt of the registration form and fee an officer will contact you to arrange to carry out an inspection of your premises.


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Registration Fees 

Listed below are Leicester City Council's current registration fees. These only have to be paid once.


There is a fee for both the business owner and the premises which are as follows:


  • Business Owner - £80
  • Business Premises - £110




Should the owner have another premises then the following additional fees also apply:


  • Person in Charge of Additional Premises - £80
  • Additional Premises - £110


If more than one treatment is carried out at the premises then further fees apply:

    • Additional Treatments - £80 x each extra treatment


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Tattooist creating a tattoo

Failure To Register

Under Leicester City Council's bylaws (see below) any person who without reasonable excuse fails to register themselves and their business premises with their Local Authority shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding £1000.


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What happens next? 

An Officer will carry out an inspection to ensure that the business is complying with the hygiene requirements set out in the bylaws and as well as their duties under Health and Safety law. 


Provided there are no issues, following the inspection two certificates will be issued to the business to confirm that they have registered both the business owner and the premises. These must be displayed in the business premises to make customers aware that the business is compliant with the relevant bylaws. 


Businesses will also be given a window sticker to display at the front of their premises to help members of the public identify registered and compliant businesses.


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Leicester City Council Bylaws

The bylaws were introduced in order to protect public health. As well as requiring businesses to register with their Local Authority they also set out the minimum hygiene requirements for:


  • the premises where treatment is taking place

  • the person giving the treatment

  • the equipment involved

Bylaws are created under certain pieces of legislation. For further information regarding the hairdressing bylaws please refer to the Leicestershire Act 1985 (Section 23) and the Public Health Act 1961 (Section 77). For information on the bylaws for all other treatments please refer to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as amended.


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If you require any additional information please contact the Public Safety Team directly.


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